What Do Chinchillas Do at Night?[What They Actually Do]

As a new chinchilla owner, you may be curious about what your chinchilla is likely going to be doing at night and what you can expect after the adoption.

What do chinchillas do at night?

I have been raising my chinchilla now for 5 years and here is what I can tell you on this topic.

So, what do chinchillas do at night?

At night, chinchillas will be active for a short span of time due to being crepuscular. During this active time, your chinchilla may jump around their cage, eat hay and pellets or it may be an ideal time for you to get your chinchilla out of the cage for social interaction.

All chinchillas are different and what they do at night may vary but a few behaviors with chinchillas will remain consistent at night.

That is what the rest of this post is designed to break down for you.

Stick around for just a few more minutes and I will break down everything I know about what you can expect your chinchilla to be doing during the night-time hours.


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More About Chinchilla Behavior at Night

Surprisingly, chinchillas don’t do a whole lot at night.

I know my chinchilla will come out and run around and be active like I stated previously from about 7:30 PM-10: 00 PM.

If this is standard time or a bedtime typesetting for you, it may not be the best to keep your chinchilla in the same room as you sleep.

They are noisy depending on the kind of cage you use and what activities you have for your chinchillas inside the cage.

My chinchilla during active hours will come out and go on a bit of “jumping frenzy” from shelf to shelf and place herself inside her exercise ball and eat any hanging toys or treats I have attached to the cage.

The exercise ball I have inside her of a cage has both sides popped out of it.

I did this because it’s one of the old school plastic hamster/Guinea pig balls and I was concerned with overheating.

Having just a ball that she can jump through but with both sides open for ventilation, I felt was the best compromise to avoid overheating issues.

Outside of that behavior, my chinchilla may grab some hay and sit on the top of her hiding box having a bite to eat or even a few pellets from her food bowl.

Are Chinchillas Active at Night?

Yes, chinchillas are active once during the night and once in the morning.

This is known as being crepuscular.

Chinchillas typically will be active or awake between 10-12 hours a day and asleep for the rest, but nighttime will be one of the active periods for your pet chinchilla.

Why Do Chinchillas Squeak at Night?

Your chinchilla may squeak at night for various reasons.

It’s possible noises that they heard made them feel threatened.

It’s also possible they are trying to communicate with another chinchilla if you happen to have multiple chinchillas or you’re perhaps a breeder.

A chinchilla can also make these noises if they are in heat, fighting with another chinchilla, or simply attempting to capture your attention.

Do Chinchillas Make Noise at Night?

Yes, this is entirely possible.

Especially during the hours that your chinchilla is awake at night.

Sometimes depending on if you have multiple chinchillas or the room you keep your chinchilla in, your chinchilla may make noises to attempt to garnish attention or while interacting, playing, or fighting with another chinchilla.

Chinchillas Need Time Out Of The Cage Even If It’s At Night

That’s it that all. Nothing too crazy about it.

Regardless of the size of the cage, this is one of the reasons it’s so important to get your chinchilla out of the cage at least once a day.

As fun as you may have the cage structured for them to play with at night, nothing beats that short amount of time you provide them out of their cage to interact and bond with their owners.

It’s how the relationship grows and how you take a normal chinchilla, to cuddling, loving, and friendly chinchilla in the future.

They love the interaction time, and it gives them just something slightly out of the ordinary that they can do even if it’s short-lived and doesn’t last long.

Chinchillas make fantastic pets so it’s always important to do everything you can to keep them happy and provide this interaction time to keep their mental state healthy.

Not to mention, they need the opportunity to take a well-deserved and well-anticipated dust bath.

This helps keep that dense fur healthy, shiny, and prevent any skin issues causing additional shedding or fur slipping.

Do I Need to Do Anything Else for My Chinchilla at Night?

Nope, whatever you are doing is probably perfectly sufficient.

As always, I highly recommend that time out of the cage at least once per day, and this doesn’t necessarily even need to be at night time.

Outside of that, you need to ensure that you have a safe chinchilla cage, plenty of space for them to jump around, and adequate food and water supplies.

If you are checking all these boxes for your chinchilla, you’re doing a fantastic job and keep it up.

No further actions are necessary to keep your chinchilla happy and safe regardless of what time of day it is.

All Chinchillas Are Different And May Behave Differently At Night

At the end of the day, your chinchilla doesn’t really do much at night.

This is in part because they don’t really have much, they can do regardless of how fun the cage is structured to be.

They sleep for many hours per day and in large chunks of time.

Sure, they become active for a few hours and may hop shelf to shelf or jump around for a bit, but after they do so, grab a drink of water and get themselves some hay and pellets, that’s about it.

They are exhausted from the small time out and ready for a nice nap in the form of sleeping for 2-5 hours chunks waiting for you to wake up to come to get them to play.

We have a few related questions left to discuss before completing this post so if you have any further questions regarding nighttime chinchilla behavior, be sure to scroll down and check out those questions and answers.

Chili and I wish you the best of luck with your new chinchilla and the journey you have ahead of you.

What Does Your Chinchilla Typically Do At Night?

Do any of you have any stories about what your chinchilla does at night?

Any good video recordings of chinchilla behaviors taking place at night?

Be sure to share those thoughts, stories, and concerns by dropping a comment below.

As always, Chili and I appreciate you stopping by and reading today and we will see you again next time.


Josh Martin

My Name is Josh and this is my 4 year-old female chinchilla "Chili". We created Planet Chinchilla to share all the stories about owning a chinchilla that you need to know. I'm the Author of the eBook "The Ultimate Chinchilla Care Guide, From Adoption and On"

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